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. natalie morales joins us, as does jenna wolfe. ann is still in haiti. we're going to check in with her from the capital of port-au-prince in just a moment. >>> first, though, here is the very latest. the "uss s carl vinson" has now arrived off the haiti coast, carrying supplies and rescue teams from the u.s. are also on the ground. survivors have been pulled from the rubble of collapsed buildings overnight, but time is of the essence. according to the state department, a shipment of food is expected tomorrow, this as looting and security are becoming major concerns for the military. >> but we want to check back in with ann for more of what's happening now down in haiti. hey, ann, good morning. what can you tell us? >> reporter: good morning, natalie. in fact, what you and matt were just talking about is all part of the new u.s. military footprint here on the ground in haiti. though there have been c-130s that have been seeking out civilians and have been very effective overnight, the truth is, with the "carl vinson" offshore, and as you can see behind me, those are navy choppers over t
, jackson. i'm from holy cross. there's a bunch of us. they brought in ten total doctors, nurses, surgeons, kind of assess, triage, treat -- >> was it hard to raise the funds to make this possible? >> no, no, people want to sgiv. >> outpouring. what is your mission? what are you doing? >> right now, we're here for 20 hours. we've come, we're not going to spend the night. we're here to assess, triage. we've brought supplies. holy cross donated supplies at a moment's notice and we're here to do whatever we can. >> we don't want to hold you -- >> we'll be sending daily flights down, so -- >> terrific. thank you so much. >> appreciate it, guys. thank you. >> that's really the story from here. there are just tons of people coming in and people like anna morrison who are heading into the job of trying to help the people who could not -- they need more than can possibly could arrive. >> all right, ann and al, thanks very much. we're going to check back in with you in a couple of minutes, but first, let's get a check of the rest of the morning's top stories. natalie has the headlines. >> that's ri
-au-prince. we're going to get their reports in just a couple of minutes. >> but first, let us get you caught up on the overnight developments. the death toll unclear this morning. haitian president rene preval has said the death toll could be around 50,000, but one haitian senator believes that it could soar to as high as 500,000, and there are unconfirmed reports of at least three american deaths. there are some 45,000 americans living and working in haiti. meanwhile, the first u.s. planes carrying food, water and other supplies have started to arrive. u.s. navy ships are headed to the region, one carrying 2,000 marines to assist with security there. we're going to talk to secretary of state hillary clinton about the u.s. response to the disaster in just a moment. >>> but we want to begin on this thursday morning with ann curry, who is in port-au-prince right now, and she has the latest on the disaster. ann, good morning to you. >> reporter: matt, good morning. not since the tsunami has there been a humanitarian crisis that has needed the world's help than this one in haiti right now. it is a
't have any exact numbers now. i'm very proud of the u.s. government response. the president ordered a swift, coordinated, aggressive effort. we've got the airport open, thanks to the u.s. military. we've got our civilian search-and-rescue teams on the ground, thanks to usaid and fema. we are doing all we can to figure out how best to attack the devastation all around, and this is going to be a long-term effort. we have the immediate crisis of trying to save those lives that can be saved, to deal with the injured and the dead, to try to provide food, water, medical supplies, some semblance of shelter, and then to work with our haitian partners, the government of haiti, ngos, others to begin the rebuilding process. >> you mentioned the government of haiti. right now we know that many government buildings were badly damaged or destroyed, including the presidential palace and parliament. the president is safe, but there are legislators and ministers who are still among the missing. is the government effectively up and running at this point? is there someone in charge and are you concern
for shelter. they've been out with us all morning and we thank them. it's awfully nice of them. i'm matt lauer along with ann curry, filling in while meredith is taking a little time off, although meredith wouldn't be here at this time. and al roker and natalie's inside. we'll check with her in a second. >>> coming up this half hour, a tragic story in south florida. after partying out on the town on new year's -- or celebrating the new year -- 26-year-old paula sliduski was never seen again. her body actually found in a dumpster in north miami. we're going to hear from her sister and get the latest on the investigation in just a couple of minutes. >> very sad. >>> on another note, earlier this morning, we heard from richard heene, the father of the so-called balloon boy. he made some very strong statements and surprising statements in his remarks to you, matt. so, we're going to hear what he had to say before he begins his jail sentence. basically, he says that there are others who lied, that he -- >> the entire sheriff's department he says lied. he says the sheriff lied and everybody that cre
, is back with us once again to field some of your concerns on weight loss and health. this morning, tackling that annoying point when you're chugging along on that diet, and then all of a sudden, the scale just stops moving? well, they call it a plateau, but it can feel like a brick wall for a lot of you going through it right now. we'll have more on getting through that and reaching your goals, coming up. >>> also, advice everyone who does this job needs, five easy tips for getting the best possible sleep of your life. we'll share those with you and we'll all be listening intently. first, let's go over to the news desk. ann's standing by with all the headlines. >> thanks. >> good morning. >> good morning, you guys. and in the news this morning, everybody -- good morning, once again. >>> it's the tenth day after that devastating earthquake in hawaii, and survivors are still struggling to get food, water and other critical supplies in haiti. a u.s. charity reports that on thursday, men armed with sticks stole about 50 tons of food in haiti, and the government temporarily moved more
of that. >> reporter: as rescue teams mobilize from around the globe, the u.s. is pledging its full support. >> we will be providing both civilian and military disaster relief and humanitarian assistance, and our prayers are with the people that have suffered, their families and their loved ones. >> reporter: we just got word overnight that the woman we mentioned, jillian thorpe, an american who works with off fans and was trapped in the rubble of a building has been rescued. know there will be more survivor stories over the next few days, and possibly even weeks, but we also know this disaster may not be over. there's still many fears of continued aftershocks that could go on into weeks or months, landslides and more building collapses in a city where it's been estimated that some 60% of the buildings may be poorly built, matt. >> as you heard michelle kosinski tell us, american missionary jillian thorpe was pulled safely from the rubble of a collapsed building in port-au-prince. her husband, frank thorpe jr., who happened to be an intern with us here on "today," helped with that r
. is it the end of the road for his health care reform plan? this morning, senator-elect scott brown is with us exclusively. >>> and manhunt. police in virginia desperately searching for a man accused of gunning down eight people, and they've surrounded a wooded area where they believe he's hiding today, wednesday, january 20th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. and more bad news out of haiti. that aftershock that struck just after 6:00 a.m. eastern time was 36 miles outside of port-au-prince, and it is believed to be the strongest aftershock since last week's quake. >> as you might imagine, it rattled a lot of nerves in an already devastated country, sending people screaming and running outside, including nbc's lester holt, who is there. lester, what was it like? how long did it last? >> reporter: well, we were just discussing that. you know, it's hard to know how long it lasted. our guess is 15 to 20 seconds. i was on the second floor of the structure we're using here
to be a big part of that. >> reporter: as rescue teams mobilize from around the globe, the u.s. is pledging its full support. >> we will be providing both civilian and military disaster relief and humanitarian assistance and our prayers are with the people who have suffered. their families and their loved ones. >> reporter: some people who were able to get a cell phone signal out of haiti last night despite hearing the screams of people trapped inside buildings, but also the cheers of rescuers able to pull some victims out alive. natalie? >> such a horrific situation, obviously. every rescue we will be hearing about the next couple of days. michelle kosinski, thanks so much. in miami. as michelle mentioned, american missionary gilian thorpe was trapped in the rubble of one building. her husband, frank thorpe, helped rescue her. matt spoke with him earlier on "today" about what he is seeing in port-au-prince. >> reporter: it is worse than a war zone. thousands and thousands of haitians on the streets because their buildings and houses collapsed and they can't live in them. we have been woken
with more of "today," that was barry manilow finishing up another set for us. it's a blustery day, however, outside in the heart of midtown manhattan and we've got more than a few dedicated fans toughing it out in rockefeller plaza, we're happy to have them there, we're here, i'm ann curry along with natalie morales in studio 1a. coming up, a strange twist in the saga of college student, amanda knox. she's in jail and now the man who prosecuted her, could be as well. could this be a break for amanda, who says she is innocent? details are coming up. >>> and can you hear me now? you've heard that commercial many times, it used to be cell phones were a novelty. but now for more and more people they're a necessity. but with so many options from the touchscreens to keyboards, web browsing, text, data and yeah, phone calls. how do you choose the right one? we'll sort through them for you. >> sometimes they go with a specific carrier. you may have an opinion about which carrier you like. >> in fact, iphone may no longer have the deal with at&t. a lot of things are going to change around that. >>
pulled alive from the rubble on sunday, as more aid and u.s. troops arrive in haiti. >>> neck and neck, the race to fill t late ted kennedy's senate seat coming down to the wire. it all comes down to tomorrow's vote. and it could decide the fate of health care reform. >>> and hollywood's golden night. some of the biggest names in entertainment take top honors at the 67th annual golden globe awards. the winners and losers on stage and on the red carpet today, monday, january 18th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a monday morning, martin luther king jr. day, i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. some 12,000 service men and women are in the region helping to get supplies to earthquake survivors, but some say the aid is not arriving fast enough. >> there's a lot of frustration. let's get you caught up. some 70,000 bodies have been buried in mass graves. an on sunday, haiti's prime minister says he expects the final death toll to be 100,000 at a minimum. but 134 hours after the quake, survivors are still being found. at l
to an attempted bombing of the u.s. airliner. full-body scanners could be one answer. wh can they detect and what do they reveal? this morning, a live demonstration right in our studio. >>> meat locker. below-zero temperatures in three entire states overnight, north dakota, south dakota and nebraska, as dangerous snow and ice push into the entire eastern half of the country. >>> and falcon's flight. nbc news has obtained never-before-seen video of the infamous balloon boy incident. >> dad, falcon's in there! >> where? >> in the ship! >> he was just here! >> no, he's in there! >> what? >> what? >> and despite his guilty plea, balloon boy dad richard heene says it wasn't a hoax. a live, exclusive interview with him today, friday, january 8th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and in for meredith, i'm ann curry. good morning, everybody. there's been a lot of talk about these full-body scanners, specifically after this attempted christmas day bombing, and what these scanners might be able to do to preve
. it is a bone-chilling morning here in the northeast. these people have bundled up and they've stuck with us throughout the morning. we're going to go outside and say hi to them, but natalie decided -- >> hey! >> she wanted to stay inside where it's warm and cozy. >> no, no, no, no. other way around, you two. >> on this friday morning. we spent a lot of time out there. >> have you ever wondered with the ice skating rink? >> how does jeremy abbott skate in just the shirt? >> it's nasty out there. really is, geez. >> i'm matt lauer with al roker and natalie, you're talking about questions about dining. >> a lot of people throw up the red flag because they're not sure what works anymore. we'll answers your questions with our "diet s.o.d.," from carb to low-carb diets to when is the best time to eat to whether you really need to drink all that water. we'll help you get on track. >>> and the housing industry is still unsteady these days. if you want to know what you should be getting for your money, real estate expert barbara corcoran has deals homes across the country from $200,000 to $500,000.
and school and we're happy that they're spending part of their day with us. inside studio 1a, i'm matt lauer along side hoda kotb and amy robach. al and natalie are out in los angeles, covered the golden globes last night and now giving us a report. give us a sense of how much sleep you've got or haven't got in the last day or so. >> about an hour or two, combined. >> natly was doing the preshow. >> the preshow and the after-show. >> as soon as i finished last night, i went to bed. >> not a lot of sleep, but a lot of fun. it was worth it. >> we'll get to see what happened behind the scenes. and in particular, natalie, what it took for you to get ready? >> that's right. i had some professional help. it was good. >> we started the night out -- >> greeting arrivals on the red carpet, too. >> that's the ostrich dress. >> wow. >> the one you ended up in was spectacular. >> yeah, i have to say, it was a tough choice. i really could not decide. but in the end i went with comfort. >> you get to keep all the others? >> no, no. these are all borrowed. >> all right. so you'll get to see what the big pr
have simply vanished, but aid is arriving with the u.s. military now assisting the flow of flights into and out of the airport in port-au-prince. and 62 hours after the initial quake, there are some glimmers of hope. several people, including an american woman, were pulled from collapsed buildings overnight. >> and the red cross says it has collected more than $35 million in donations at this point. former presidents bill clinton and george w. bush are leading the private sector's fund-raising efforts. president clinton will join us live in a moment. but first, let's get the latest from ann curry, who is in port-au-prince. good morning to you, ann. >> reporter: meredith, good morning. we've got some breaking news for you this morning. the uss aircraft carrier "carl vincent" has arrived offshore, and right behind me, you can see those aircraft, those helicopters. they are considered the first wave of the aircraft that will begin to arrive here from the "uss karl vincent." this morning, three-star lieutenant general keen told us this is the beginning of a tremendous u.s. military eff
. jeff, how's it feel? >> reporter: manual labor, matt. usually, i'm used to just getting you coffee in the morning. this is the most manual labor i've done in a long time. >> well, you're doing very well. you really are. just remember, use your legs, okay? >> that's right. >> and you know, you might want to do the door for them. >> reporter: there you go. >> because they can't get out of the house until you get there. >> reporter: i know. have you seen that? look at this. >> we've seen jeff's report. he's done some shoveling before, so he's used to this. >> oh, man! >> that just means we love you, jeff. >> jeff, by the way, those people aren't home. anyway, we'll check with them a little later. >> they're on vacation, somewhere in tropical weather. >> exactly. out on the plaza in new york city, matt lauer along with natalie morales and al roker. >> so mean. >> and truth in advertising, our large crowd has dwindled to a hardy dozen or so. >> a real hardy dozen. good job, guys. >> this woman is here because she's stuck to the ground. that's how cold it is here. >>> anyway, coming up,
expanding its u.s. recall to include an additional 1 million vehicles, including 2008 to 2010 highlanders. >>> today, meantime, toyota said that -- rather, ford said that it earned $2.7 billion in 2009. that's the company's first profit in four years. >>> and there's a rescue at sea to tell you about in poland, where a dog found itself stuck on an ice floe in the middle of the baltic sea it was spotted by crew members on a research vessel who went out on a small boat to reach the dog. officials believe the animal traveled about 60 miles down the river on the ice before being swept out to sea. it is now three minutes past the hour. let's go back to -- they're now trying to find them a home. meantime, he's currently still aboard the ship. >> poor thing. >> that's a lucky dog. >> very lucky. >> very lucky dog. >> out at sea. my goodness. >> i think it was 18 miles off the coast. ann, thank you very much. mr. roker, how's the weather looking? >>> well, especially for our friends in the midwest and the plains, it's going to be very, very rough. in fact, this low pressure system comes out. you
,000 people and left 1.5 million homeless. today, u.s. military helicopters landed on the grounds of the earthquake-shattered presidential palace and began dropping off u.s. troops. with roads and bridges damaged, the u.s. military using planes and helicopters to make the drops of water and ready-to-eat meals. and meantime, searchers are still looking for survivors. on monday, a dramatic rescue. the remarkable story from our reporter bill neely of our british partner itn in port-au-prince. >> reporter: in the ruins of haiti, the signs aren't good. it's day six. the diggers tear at rubble, making survival beneath unlikely. one man looks on. ra j r raje still believes his wife, a bank worker, just might still be alive. he rushes in every time ground is cleared. this time, someone hears a noise. he calls for silence, then for his wife, jeanette. >> she's alive! >> reporter: "okay, she's there, she's alive," he says. they scrape away stones to expose a small hole and allow the first light to reach the woman in six days. her husband overwhelmed. i can hear jeanette talking. i put a mic
with his first state of the union address. chuck todd is with us at the white house. >> reporter: with the state of the union looming on wednesday, the president is trying to regain his political footing after a devastating week of setbacks, which began with the populace revolt in massachusetts and the republican victory there. in fact, washington so shaken up that ben bernanke's bid for second term as fed chair is now in jeopardy. after one of the toughest weeks of his presidency, president obama is still on political defense. his latest challenge? getting federal reserve chairman, ben bernanke, confirmed for a second term. >> president obama checked in with the leadership over the weekend and he heard from senator reid, that there's a lot of support for ben bernanke. we're confident that the chairman will be confirmed. >> reporter: but the senate democrats' top vote counter said it's not a done deal and the president will need a significant chunk of republican senators for the 60 votes needed to avoid a filibuster. >> i still have unanswered questions and many colleagues do. we
there was actually a third party crasher. we'll get the details on that in a live report from the white use coming up in a couple of minutes. >>> plus, some never-before-seen photos of tiger woods, and they offer a side of the golfing legend rarely, if ever, seen, courtesy of "vanity fair" magazine. we'll have a look at them straight ahead. >>> but we begin this tuesday morning with the deep freeze that has spread to even more of the country. nbc's jeff rossen's in snowy upstate new york in fulton, just outside syracuse, the shot we showed you before. jeff, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, matt, good morning to you. as you know, they're used to major snow here in upstate new york near syracuse, but nothing quite like this. biggest storm here in three years. right now this is not a snow drift that i'm standing in. this is not a big pile of plowed snow. this is actually, matt, somebody's front lawn. somebody actually lives here. 52 inches of snow on the ground here right now. it's been snowing for nine days straight. not sure you can tell, but it's still coming down this morning. oh, and it's col
's daughter, could john edwards now be indicted over money used to keep that woman quiet? >>> and say what? a woman records her husband saying the strangest things in his sleep. >> i don't have them, but now they're a huge hit on the internet. so, what does he have to say last night? we're going to find out when they join us for a live interview today, friday, january 22nd, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. matt, i want you to take a look at this. this is snow in flagstaff, arizona. not rare, but what is unusual is the amount that has fallen, up to 23 inches since just wednesday. >> that's right, and the snow has led to hundreds of flight cancellations and delays and prompted arizona's governor to declare a statewide emergency, anit's expected to continue for the next day or two. that's not what the people out there want to hear. we're going to have more on that and the ongoing trail of damage caused by a week of rain in southern california, just ahead. >>> also ahead
>>> good morning. "today" exclusive. for the first time, former u.s. senator and presidential candidate john edwards admits he is the father of frances quinn hunter, the 22-month-old daughter of his former mistress. this morning, why he denied it for so long and why he's now decided to come clean. >>> goodnight. nbc confirms a deal has been signed between the network and conan o'brien with an official announcement to come later this morning. >>> and first photo? tiger woods apparently spotted for the first time since his infamous accident and admitted affairs, pictures that seem to confirm he is in rehab for sex addiction today, thursday, january 21st, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this thursday morning. i'm meredith vieira. >> and i'm matt lauer. and this admission by john edwards has apparently been in the works for months. it confirms what people have long suspected, that the one-time democratic presidential candidate is, in fact, the father of rielle hunter's daughter, quinn. >> edwards in the past denied he was the fathe
night. nbc's lester holt is in port-au-prince this morning again for us. lester, good morning. >> reporter: ann, good morning. i keep thinking, how much more can these people take? they've already been living outside, many because they're homeless, some because they're fearful of the frequent aftershocks, but this was the biggest we felt so far, and there were screams in the fields around us where people have been living. they don't have a lot of options except those who have relatives outside the area and then the government is encouraging them to move away, if they can. all this, of course, threatens to perhaps weaken buildings that are already precariously standing after the quake last week. the good news is, urban search-and-rescue teams continue to make progress here. it keeps happening, survivors beating the odds. >> go 90 degrees the opposite way! >> reporter: new york and virginia rescuers dig six hours to find a boy and girl, tiki and sabrina, alive. [ cheers and applause ] pulled from beneath what had been a three-story house. >> they're all right. they're just thirs
bombing of northwest airlines flight 253. we are now learning that u.s. border security officers were already planning to question the accused bomber when he landed in detroit. apparently, they had become worried about him after that plane took off from amsterdam. nbc's savannah guthrie's at the white house with more on this. savannah, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning, matt. senior aides say that would have been standard procedure for border and customs officials based on the suspect's appearance on that terror database, but obviously would have been too late to stop this plot. meanwhile, today the president's top terror adviser releases his report on what the president has called a potentially catastrophic screw-up by the u.s. government. one day after 23-year-old umar farouk abdulmutallab was indicted for attempting to blow up a detroit-bound passenger jet, the president's top terror adviser will unveil his findings on how it happened, a detailed, unclassified outline of where the nation's intelligence system broke down. the president's national security adviser
, for the first time, the u.s. military air-dropped supplies of food and water into makeshift refugee camps. and the obama administration has eased restrictions on haitian orphans being adopted by americans, making it easier for them to enter this country. right now, about 60 are on a plane headed to pittsburgh, and we're going to have more on them in just a moment. >> we'll have more on this incredible rescue of a woman six days after that earthquake. her husband never gave up hope. on monday he heard a sound coming out of the rubble. that set off a dramatic rescue. their emotional reunion is coming up. >> incredible. >>> and on a much different note, jay leno has made a lot of jokes about the late-night shake-up here at nbc, but last night he got very serious about what's going on and exactly who knew what. we're going to hear his side of the story in just a bit. >>> but let's begin with the latest out of haiti. nbc's lester holt is in the capital of port-au-prince. good morning, lester. >> reporter: meredith, good morning. we're beginning to hear some complaints from aid agencies here ab
in the u.s. senate, senator ted kennedy, died last summer. that was a major blow. dodd then picked up kennedy's mantle on health care legislation, but he's also spear-heading a compromise on landmark banking regulation. that could now falter if dodd loses clout as a lame duck. dodd's decision to retire became known only a few hours after another democratic stalwart, senator byro dorgan said he wouldn't run. he was also challenged at home. and senate majority leader reid didn't know in advance of either decision. he faces a tough election this year. >> how significant is the timing of these announcements and what do you think it will mean psychologically and symbolically for the democrats who face a tough november coming up? >> it's huge. dodd's decision could actually improve democratic chances in their state. there is a popular attorney general,ichard blumenthal there. so they ve a chance of holding that seat. dorgan's seat will probably be taken by north dakota's republicans, maybe the governor if he chooses to run. now also, democratic governor bill ritter believed to be once a ris
fleiss agreed to do? they're fighting their addictions and dr. drew pinsky is helping us with "celebrity rehab," it is season three now. >> before that, ann is inside with a look at the headlines. >> thanks a lot, matt. >>> in the news this morning, everybody, good morning once again, the democrats' filibuster majority in the senate is a bit more fragile today with word that two democrats will not seek re-electi re-election, and one of them, chris dodd, is chairman of the senate banking committee. having served five terms as senator, and he's also played a prominent role in the health care reform debate. the other not seeking re-election is byron dorgan after serving three terms in the senate. >>> multiple missile strikes hit northwest pakistan today, a haven for militants who attack american troops in afghanistan. the missiles, believed to be from u.s. drones, killed at least 13 people. >>> president obama says he will not tolerate further security breakdowns. on tuesday he called the christmas day airliner attack "a screw-up that could have been disastrous." he said the government had
that tell us more about the speech or the room that it was delivered in? >> oh, i think it's both, but i think, without a doubt, the president had different messages for different groups. he was trying to speak to his own democratic base. he was trying to speak to even moderate democrats, independent voters who are frustrated with government. but he did want to do two things to the right. on one hand, he said look, i want to look for pragmatic ways to work together. i'm not going to try to shove health care down your throat, but i am going to blame you if you stand on the sidelines and require that it takes 60 votes in the senate to get nippianyth. you're going to have to be accountable for what goes on or doesn't get down in washington. he's playing the outsider. >> he says he wants a jobs bill sooner rather than later. how tough a battle, how tough will the fight be over the content of that bill? >> well, i don't think it will have to be that big. the house has passed the bill, they have to work on elements of that. the senate can take it up as well. there seems to be bipartisan suppor
down the deficit and will congress go along with it? >>> family tragedy. the father of u.s. figure skater nancy kerrigan dead following a violent struggle with her brother. now he is under arrest. this morning, the latest on the investigation. >>> and happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy, happy birthday. nadya suleman's octuplets are turning 1, and their mom, well, she is showing off her slim, new figure today, tuesday, january 26th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm meredith vieira -- >> and -- >> did i mention that i'm happy? >> happy eight times over. and i'm matt lauer. >>> president obama is probably going to spend a lot of time today working on the state of the union address, to deliver tomorrow night. we now know a key component of that address is a three-year spending freeze on parts of the budget. >> it would impact about $477 billion of the money available to certain domestic agencies, everything from education to transportation, but that doesn't necessarily mean that those budgets would
used a lot of it to convince the american people he's focused on issue number one, the economy and jobs. >> the president called jobs his number one focus in 2010, and he told lawmakers he wanted a new jobs bill on his desk "without delay." in fact, it took president obama 33 minutes to bring up what was once his administration's biggest priority, and that would be health care. >> just ahead, some reaction to the speech from both sides of the aisle when we talk to vice president joe biden and former florida governor, republican jeb bush. but let's begin at the white house with nbc's chuck todd, our chief white house correspondent. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning, matt. look, it was a very animated president obama last night who delivered his first state of the union that was as much about trying to shore up his own political standing with the american public as it was about laying out his agenda for the coming year. >> the worst of the storm has passed. >> reporter: the president took pains to talk about hope at a time when so many americans seemed to have so
in the u.s. while engineers try to fix a dangerous problem with gas pedals. and this morning the company says it doesn't know how long that will take. >>> and not so fast. students blindfold their girls basketball coach and set him up for an impossible shot to win tickets to the final four. two problems -- he makes the shot -- [ cheers and applause ] and they never had the tickets. the story of the prank gone wrong today, wednesday, january 27th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. you know, it's not just what the president says tonight in his address, it's also his ability to connect with the voters, that people will be watching. >> that's right. and judging by that nbc news/"wall street journal" poll, boy, he's got his work cut out for him. so, what kind of tone will he take? what does he need to say? we'll get a preview of the speech from white house press secretary robert gibbs. >>> also ahead, new developments this morning in the tragic death of nancy kerrigan
. >> you can come visit us anyway, joel, any time. >> all right. thanks. >> joel, thanks very much. >> thank you. >> teach you to mess with a coach. >> that's right, exactly. >>> let's get a check of the morning's top stories from ann curry over at the news desk. ann? >> i say we bring him anyway. >> yeah. >> thanks a lot, you guys. >>> in the news this morning, everybody -- good morning, once again -- aides say president obama will acknowledge the frustration of the american people when it comes to the economy in his state of the union address tonight. he is also expected to outline tax breaks for small businesses in an effort to lower the nation's 10% unemployment rate. earlier on this broadcast, white house press secretary robert gibbs said the president will also explain why he will not abandon his bid for health care reform. nbc news will cover the president's state of the union address live beginning at 9:00 eastern time tonight. >>> toyota is still trying to figure out what's causing gas pedals to stick on some of its most popular vehicles. it's already announced a massive r
on the use of handheld texting devices by drivers of interstate buses and large commercial trucks. violators will face fines of up to $2,750. >>> and there was some severe weather on monday from the midwest to the northeast. blinding snow brought near whiteout conditions in north and south dakota and heavy rain and high wind triggered flooding and knocked out power to thousands of homes in the northeast. those are some of the top stories. it is now four minutes past the hour. let's go back outside to matt and al. >> all right. we're saying hello to one of our fellow employees. >> dee dee thomas. >> mr. roker. >> hey, what's buildon? >> it's a community service organization that does community service locally. >> thank you for coming down. a nice group of kids and adults who brought buildon signs. thank you very much. let's check your weather and see what's happening. a big storm coming into southern california. two to three inches possible, maybe even some heavier snow in some of the sierra mountains. the good news is it's not a series of storms like we had last week. we're talking generally
's presidential election, and for its part, iran is blaming the u.s. and israel for the bombing. >>> today, the president and first lady are attending the funeral of vice president joe biden's mother. jean biden, who once said to the vice president, "joey, you are not better than anyone else, but nobody is better than you," died friday at the age of 92. >>> both president obama and senate majority leader harry reid say that they're ready to put reid's racial remark behind them. on monday, reid publicly apologized for saying during the 2008 campaign that obama was electable because he was light-skinned and did not speak with what reid called a negro dialect. the president brushed it off as being inartful use of language. republicans, however, want reid to step down as majority leader. >>> labor leaders are warning of political consequences if democrats don't drop a proposed tax on high-value health insurance plans. president obama met monday night with the heads of the nation's largest unions and said workers should not be penalized for negotiating strong health benefits. the white house sa
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